We (meaning my great class, my co-teacher and me) have just had a great time in our IT creating Avatars. The kids loved it and worked so hard to find something that represented them.
I used information I found under the following post by Miss W.
to being my list and put it on our class website for the students to access. After a few minutes of investigation the girls decided that they did not think that Hogwarts for girls or the Adventurer for girls was appropriate for their ages of 8 and 9. We took them off of our class website. It was so much fun to watch them create and to help each other out. Super Heros, Bless this Chick, the Wimpy Kid and Mess Dudes were the favourite ones.
Each student made two avatars with different programs and we learned how to save them on the computers under the proper file so they can be accessed when we need them after the holiday. We were also able to spend a bit of time discussing how to change the names of a what they had saved so it made sense to them plus the importance of using the proper suffix such as .jpg.
There were a few rules to follow such as the avatar should represent the student and the likes. When it came to the Super Hero site I did a bit of editing on what the super heros were allowed to hold in their hands so everyone ended up with the light saber. I did not want any snakes or killing weapons.
Ms. Ren, my Chinese co-teacher, was hard at work finding sites in Chinese that she could use to help develop language for her students.
I learned a lot and had so much fun listening to the students as they chatted away to each other and all of the laughter that kept erupting when they did something silly. As always watching and listening to them help each other was the best part.